Is Tijuana Safe?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And can dark-skinned Mexicans call themselves 'Spanish'?

DEAR MEXICAN: I am a 20-year-old, tall, slender, blond Jewish Russian-American. He is a 24-year-old, short, muscular Mexican. At face value, you would never think we would work well, but we do. I've started to love him. He's the most unique person I have ever met. He is never down, always smiling and positive while I worry. However, I noticed he is the most prideful guy I have ever met. It's good to be proud, I think. But here is the issue: This past New Year's, he invited me to go to Tijuana with him to meet his friends. Everyone warned me against it, but I was still up for it. However, I got really sick and worried on top of it, so I backed out at the last minute. He thinks I didn't want to hang out with his friends—as if I think I'm too good for them. He thinks I'm rejecting that entire part of him if I say I am scared to go to Tijuana to party, when really, I'm not the party type. How do I win him back without hurting his pride? I want to get this off my chest. What is at the heart of a Mexican guy? How do I un-break it? Was I wrong to fear Tijuana?

Rusa Ruca

DEAR GABACHA: If you were truly sick, then your Mexi has no reason to be angry at you—enferma is enferma, and you couldn't help it. But if you don't like to party, may I suggest dating an Amish guy? Mexicans and fiestas go together like "brown" and "down," so you have to prepare yourself for a lifetime of quinceañeras, funerals, bodas, baptisms and carne asada Sundays if you truly love the guy. And you were wrong to fear Tijuana—in the past couple of years, the city has exploded on the culinary map, with inventive chefs fishing the riches of the Sea of Cortez and combining them with homegrown wines, olive oils, cheese and the best street food this side of Mexico City. Yeah, areas of the city remain sketchy; just like any other big city, stay away from them, but don't let said threat of danger keep you away. Finally, how do you un-break a Mexi man's heart? A nice, big meal, plus a bout of the sexytimes.

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Grand Central Theatre

125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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DEAR MEXICAN: I think I may be Mexican—but I'm not sure. Can you help me decide? Ever since I was a child, both sides of my family would say, "You are Spanish, NOT Mexican." I've always wanted to get to the bottom of this issue, so I recently had my DNA tested. The report stated that I'm 53 percent Native American, 46 percent European and 1 percent Sub-Saharan African (all humans have a small portion of Sub-Saharan African DNA because humans evolved on the African continent). Just as I was getting comfortable with my Native American status, my brother said, "These results prove you are Mexican!" When I asked how he came to that conclusion, he claimed that a Mexican is just a Native American that got knocked up by a European. To make things even more confusing, some say I am Hispanic, Chicano or Latino. Señor, please tell me what I am: Native American, Hispanic, Chicano, Latino or Mexican?

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DEAR WABETTE: Does the lamestream media's infatuation with a recent Pew Hispanic Center study showing the vast majority of Spanish-speaking cabrones don't identify as either Hispanic or Latino, but rather their national or ethnic origin, bug you as much as it does me? If your family members want to call themselves Spanish even though they have a nopal en la frente, then let them be self-hating. And call yourself whatever chingada term you want—may I suggest chica caliente?

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MEET THE MEXICAN! The Mexican will sign copies of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America at the Grand Central Art Center Theater, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 567-7233. Sat. (Cinco de Mayo!), 1 p.m. Lecture, free; books, BARATO.

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BUY TACO USA! Gentle cabrones, my much-promised Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America has finally hit bookstores! Place your order with your favorite local bookstore, your finer online retailers, your craftier piratas, but place it. My libro editor has already promised to deport me from the publishing industry if we don't sell enough copies!

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quico lostaunau
quico lostaunau

As long as she doesn't eat mocos, I could forgive her for not going to Tijuana. signed, la mano peluda

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Many dirtbags feel safe in TJ. Due to the deterioration of Southern California over the decades, those same dirtbags now also feel safe here.

AAA
AAA

Why would you ask this Chicano centric clown what you are, he perpetuates the lowest forms of stereotypes and is part of the "Mexican" "Chicano" group that further attempts to separate, "Latinos" oh by the way it works for me being of Colombian, Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage. Mexicans please get it together or you will be the Latino Black Sheep.

Vada Lytle
Vada Lytle

And call yourself whatever chingada term you want—may I suggest chica caliente?

EL CALVARIO EN MI TEMPLO
EL CALVARIO EN MI TEMPLO

HEY GUSTAVO WHATS YOUR OPINION ON THE #TWITTERGATE IN MEXICO,ENRIQUE PENA NIETO ENROLLING A BUNCH OF CHUNDOS ENCOURAGING THEM TO TWEET @ THE SPEED OF LIGHT DURING DEBATE............

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

Is Tijuana Safe? Is Las Vegaqs safe? Is New york Safe? Wait How about Orange County? Or Say Los Angeles? This is like asking if IT's too cold to go outside? If you wear a jacket and protect yourself you'll be alright. If go outside when it's 20 degrees without a jacket, your going to be in trouble. If you go to TJ and go to the bad neighboorhoods then you might get jacked? just saying.

CALVARY IN MY TEMPLE
CALVARY IN MY TEMPLE

YES TIJUANA CAN BE SAFE TOO IN MANY PLACES. IN THE OTHER HAND THE TYPICAL CHICANO FAMILY WITH THE SAME OLD CACA THAT THEY ARE FROM SPAIN............I REALLY WISH THEY CAN SAY THAT IN SPAIN TO WITNESS WHAT RECISM MEANS....SPANIARDS WOULD MAKE SO MUCH FUN OF THEM........PINCHES CHUNDOS.

Trust Dental Care
Trust Dental Care

Gustavo is completely right. Tijuana has been improved well above the expectations.

I assure you will be safe and sound. Just like any other foreign place, watch your surroundings,and the people.

enjoy with fiestas((((::::

ExCholo
ExCholo

When I was a kid I knew this pendejo who claimed to be Italian even though both of his parents grew up in Sinaloa. Yes he had Italian heritage but he was pure Wab and justed hated the fact! So our gang harassed the shit out of him calling him every derogatory slang for Mexican until he learned the wrong of his ways.

Bob Squalonero
Bob Squalonero

OK, now I'm really confused! I was taught that "SPANISH" is the language, while "SPANIARD" is the person originating from Spain (i.e., at least that's how the distinction is made in English).

However, neither in French, Italian nor Spanish is such a distinction made. In French, "espagnol" refers to both nationality and language, as it does in Italian ("spagnolo"), and Spanish ("espanol").

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Jason 30,000 murders are commited in the usa every year but I bet you aren't moving to sweeden.

keithplocek
keithplocek

No threat of danger could keep me from Tortas del Wash.

David Bodwell
David Bodwell

Well, since "la raza Mexicana" is, more-or-less officially, "mestizo", meaning mixed blood, your families may actually be Mexican, rather than "Hispanic" or "Spanish". The descendents of the royal land-grantees in New Mexico have always "claimed" to be of pure "Spanish" blood, but even though the "mixing of blood" was much less there (for many reasons) than in México proper (the central valle de México), it did happen, and I doubt that very many (if any) of the "Spanish" kids that I grew up with actually had pure "Spanish" bloodlines. Although I would be surprised if any were 53% Native American DNA.

Latino is just the latest U.S., PC term for anyone descended from native Spanish-speakers from anywhere in the Americas, so it's pretty plain vanilla, but useful for those like yourself who really don't know what their heritage is.

Jason
Jason

Ask Luis Donaldo Colosio haw safe TJ is. Oh wait he's dead, nevermind

CALVARY IN MY TEMPLE
CALVARY IN MY TEMPLE

DAVID NEW MEXICANS ARE JUST TRYING TO RUN AWAY FROM THE MEXICAN FLAG BUT WAIT UNTIL THEIR 3-4RD GENERATION OF PRIETOS AND YOULL SEE........THEY CAN BARELY PIN SPAIN IN A MAP.

CALVARY IN MY TEMPLE
CALVARY IN MY TEMPLE

HEY JOSE (JASON HAHA) COLOSIO WAS MURDERED BY ORDERS OF CARLOS SALINAS DE GORTARI (EX PRESIDENT) DONT BE STUPID,IT WAS A POLITICAL CRIME NOT BECAUSE OF TJ YOU NACO.

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ph

Jason, How stupid can you be?

Jason
Jason

Not stupid enough to go to TJ, buttboy.

 
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